MISSION: Section08.com is
the home of National Building Science Corporation, formerly of Temecula,
California and now of San Diego. This site's purpose is to encourage the application of
building science, particularly with regard to integration of
components in a building envelope.
Here you will find links to:
Science Corporation - home page - what we do -
workshops - 2-day workshops on computer modeling of
hygrothermal (moisture and heat) transfer through walls. These
workshops, with instruction provided by Oak Ridge National
Laboratory (ORNL) of the United States and the Fraunhofer Institute
of Building Physics in Germany, are sponsored by the U.S. Department
of Energy, the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS)
/Building Environment and Thermal Envelope Council (BETEC) and
others. Each student brings his/her own laptop, receives
software with free temporary license, and will run simulations. The computer modeling enables
the user to diagnose or design wall configurations within a
user-specified geographic region for which NOAA has gathered weather
data for decades. Even mold growth in the building can be predicted
using this model. Click on the button to see beginning through
Facilities - Natural Exposure Test Facilities - These facilities are
sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy. One is at Washington
State University at Puyallup, Washington, and another is at Baptist
Hill High School, Hollywood, South Carolina. These facilities
contain wall panels in various configurations; and the panel sizes
for the two locations are identical, so as testing is completed in
one location, the panels can be tested in another climate zone.
These locations were selected because they represent some of the
most grueling natural conditions for buildings (cold-and-moist,
hot-and-moist) in the U.S. Each panel is instrumented with
approximately 40 sensors and monitored by Oak Ridge National
Laboratory. The data verifies the WUFI model.
Modular Insert Fenestration System - Fenestration
systems of the past (before 1910) were uniquely designed to capture
and manage the inevitable moisture leaks that occur, either through
or around the fenestration product, and skilled craftsman were
employed to ensure this effectiveness. The Industrial Revolution,
however, brought on the development of complete pre-assembled
fenestration products that were then installed into a building
opening, without consideration for the specific details of the
installation. As a result of this design change, and combined with
lower skilled workmanship, moisture intrusion problems involving
fenestration products have become chronic.
Permanent installations: Why do we
permanently install fenestration into a wall, when we know its life
expectancy is much less than that of the wall - and that removal of
a failed fenestration unit will require destruction of the
MIFS is a revolutionary new installation
methodology that takes advantage of the water management principles
of the past, combined with the fabrication efficiencies of today.
- Some handy dates for meetings of ASTM task groups, NIBS/BETEC
meetings, symposia, and others.
studies, papers, and books - relating to building science
- PowerPoints, Documents, etc.